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Undergraduate and graduate students with known or potential disabilities who are new to Student Accessibility Services will need to complete the following steps in order to meet with an SAS staff member:
IMPORTANT SCHEDULING TIPS:
- During busy times, such as three weeks before and after the start of the semester, it may take a minimum of two weeks to schedule a Welcome Meeting due to a high volume of students trying to connect. Students new to UCF are strongly encouraged to request accommodations from SAS as early as possible prior to attending UCF.
- Current UCF students may request accommodations at any time but are encouraged to meet with SAS as soon as they become aware of a need. We do not accommodate retroactively.
- It may take time after a Welcome Meeting to finalize and facilitate accommodations. For example, providing testing accommodations often requires a five-business day notice.
1. Submit the Student Application (via Knights Access)
Prior to your Welcome Meeting, please click the Student Application link and complete it. You will be prompted to provided your NID and NID password.
- Complete the Student Application and provide any available documentation that indicates a history of a disability and/or accommodation usage.
- IMPORTANT: Please note that you should not delay meeting with us out of concern for not having the right paperwork. Each consultant will discuss specific third party documentation needs during the Welcome Meeting and steps you can take after the meeting. Our first priority is meeting with you, not reviewing the paperwork.
2. Schedule a Welcome Meeting
For greatest efficiency with setting up your meeting, please be sure to complete Step #1 first. Once completed, call 407-823-2371 or email email@example.com to connect with someone to schedule a time for a Welcome Meeting. Meetings last approximately 45 – 60 minutes and may be done remotely or in person. For students with a UCF ID and UCF Knights email address, SAS will only send email communications via the UCF Knights email system. Please monitor this email account when getting connected and for any other interactions with SAS.
While you are waiting for your meeting, review our information on transitioning with accommodation from high school to UCF or learn more about accommodations.
3. Explore Options
During the Welcome Meeting, an SAS staff member will talk with you about the barriers you are experiencing, reasonable accommodations to address the barriers you are experiencing, and next steps. Our goal is to keep the meeting relaxed and comfortable.
SAS will review any third-party documentation provided, including any recommendations for accommodations that may help us determine how best to assure equal access for the student. When the recommendations are for support to enhance success or are considered outside the scope of what is necessary for equal access, the student will be referred to other resources and or given options that may be able to address the specific need.
4. Request Accommodations (via Knights Access)
At the beginning of every semester, all students connected with SAS need to select which of their approved accommodations they will use. Following the student’s request for accommodations, Course Accessibility Letters will be sent via email to professors.
- Note: Professors will only be notified of the accommodations requested for that particular course.
5. Questions or Concerns at Any Point in the Semester
We know that questions, challenges, and concerns may arise. The SAS staff member you met with initially would be happy to answer any follow-up questions. One of the biggest mistakes students make is waiting too long to address a concern.
- Email or call your initial SAS contact.
- Don’t remember who you met with? You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 407-823-2371, or visit our office.
Need to Request Housing Accommodations? Start the process with Housing and Residence Life.
Taking Classes at a UCF Connect Campus?
The SAS team on the Orlando campus works closely with the UCF Connect Campuses SAS contacts. If you are taking a course at a UCF Connect Campus and want to set up a Welcome Meeting, you can contact our Orlando office to schedule. During the meeting, a SAS representative from the Orlando campus will join you and a UCF Connect Campus representative on your campus via Skype to discuss the barriers you are experiencing. To see our listing of Connect Campus representatives, please view the Connect Campus Contact List.
Temporary Disability and Accommodations
For students who need temporary disability accommodation considerations (such as for a dominant broken arm/wrist or for a concussion with sustained symptoms):
- SAS is available for a consultation to discuss options. To schedule a Welcome Meeting, please review the steps outlined on this page.
- Not all temporary disabilities are situations that fall within SAS’ role to address with accommodations. In some cases, students will need to explore options with professors without SAS involvement.
- Facilitation of any accommodations requires reasonable time frames to assess and coordinate. Accommodations may not be able to be facilitated immediately even when temporary situations are new with potentially immediate academic consequences.
- No Personalized Transportation Service: Please note that personal transportation and travel about campus is the responsibility of each individual. SAS and UCF do not have any personalized, door-to-door transportation services for students with lower mobility injuries. All students need to utilize the resources available on campus, such as the UCF shuttle and strategic parking.